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  • Ronson and Ora ‘boost UK economy’

    Mark Ronson and Rita Ora have been given an official seal of approval after they were picked out by the UK government as being among chart acts expected to boost the economy. They were on a list of “expected highlights of 2015” put together by the...

  • Baroque festival in full swing

    Baroque festival in full swing

    The third edition of this now well-established extravaganza of baroque music is under way and in full swing. Within a span of 24 hours, performers from the Netherlands, Ukraine and Italy took centre stage. The Nederlands Kamerkoor gave a splendid...

  • Long road to Damascus

    Long road to Damascus

    Talenti theatre company’s second production this season, Sawl, is a monologue about St Paul’s turbulent life. Mario Micallef will be depicting the life of the ‘Apostle of the Nations’ in this original monologue written by Alfred Palma and directed...

  • The quirky man behind the canvas

    The quirky man behind the canvas

    Mr Turner (2014)Certified: 12ADuration: 150 minutesDirected by: Mike LeighStarring: Timothy Spall, Dorothy Atkinson, Marion Bailey, Paul Jesson, Lesley Manville, Martin Savage, Ruth Sheen, Sandy FosterKRS Releasing Ltd Mike Leigh, who delivered...

  • All roads lead into the woods

    All roads lead into the woods

    Into the Woods (2014)Certified: PGDuration: 124 minutesDirected by: Rob MarshallStarring: Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp, Lilla Crawford, MacKenzie Mauzy, Daniel Huttlestone, Tracey Ullman,...

  • Underwater thrills

    Underwater thrills

    Black Sea (2014)Certified: 15Duration: 115 minutesDirected by: Kevin MacDonaldStarring: Jude Law, Scoot McNairy, Karl Davies, Konstantin Khabensky, Grigoriy Dobrygin, Tobias Menzies, Ben Mendelsohn, Jodie Whittaker, Michael SmileyKRS Releasing...

  • Women find little change off camera

    Women find little change off camera

    The number of women working behind the camera in Hollywood’s top-grossing films has changed little over the past decade despite a slight uptick last year, an annual study released yesterday has found. The Celluloid Ceiling study from San Diego...

  • Boyhood wins Golden Globe honours

    Boyhood wins Golden Globe honours

    Awards ceremony takes on sombre note as stars show support for free expression and victims of deadly attack on French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo Coming-of-age tale Boyhood won the coveted Golden Globe for best drama on Sunday, while the...

  • The ultimate fashion accessory: Amal Clooney

    The ultimate fashion accessory: Amal Clooney

    Amid a wave of nominees and stars wearing red and white, all eyes were on the new Mrs George Clooney as she made her red carpet debut in a striking black Christian Dior gown at the Golden Globe Awards. Amal Clooney, who married Clooney last year,...

  • Clooney accepts lifetime Golden Globe

    When actor-director George Clooney accepted his lifetime award at last night's Golden Globes awards, he used his acceptance speech to both put the value of awards in perspective and voice his support for the victims of the deadly attack on French...

  • 'Boyhood' prevails in Golden Globes awards

    'Boyhood' prevails in Golden Globes awards

    Coming of age tale "Boyhood" won the coveted Golden Globe for best drama last night, while the quirky period caper "The Grand Budapest Hotel" was the surprise winner for best comedy or musical, in a big upset to awards season front-runner...

  • New shows 'Transparent', 'The Affair' take top TV Golden Globes

    New shows 'Transparent', 'The Affair' take top TV Golden Globes

    Two fresh new series, Showtime's "The Affair" and Amazon's "Transparent," were catapulted into the spotlight last night at Hollywood's Golden Globe awards, taking home the night's honours for best television drama and comedy. Amazon.com Inc's win...

  • US hit film musical begins global push

    US hit film musical begins global push

    Hit movie versions of Broadway musicals are rare but the creators of the Disney film of Stephen Sondheim’s revered Into the Woods are hoping its smash opening in the US will be replicated abroad. The film, starring Meryl Streep as the Witch, Emily...

  • Patrick Wilson, Ted Danson join second season of Fargo

    Patrick Wilson, Ted Danson join second season of Fargo

    Actors Patrick Wilson, Ted Danson and Jean Smart will be taking leading roles in the second season of FX’s hit miniseries Fargo, the network said, joining previously announced cast members Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons. Wilson, star of The...

  • Turning on Turner’s legacy

    Turning on Turner’s legacy

    Turner exhibitions are major crowd pullers and art lovers all over the world, particularly in the UK, flock to the exhibitions of the British artist widely recognised to have anticipated 20th-century modernism. The exhibition currently on at Tate...

  • And with a spoonful of sugar...

    And with a spoonful of sugar...

    We’ve come to expect pantos to be named after characters from classic children’s tales. However, this season’s MADC panto, written and directed by the ubiquitous Malcolm Galea, is based on the character of Mary Poppins, made popular by the...

  • Broad farce and comic machinations

    Broad farce and comic machinations

    Panto has never been reluctant to mess around with traditional fairy tales and, originally, Pinocchio was not given anything like a romantic subplot by author Carlo Collodi. However, it was inevitable that in FM Productions’ panto version at the...

  • Learning from the Hollywood experience

    Learning from the Hollywood experience

    Sitting quietly in a corner of a popular Valletta café, Simshar director Rebecca Cremona mulls over the past few weeks in Los Angeles and an intensive campaign to promote Simshar among films from a record number of countries contending for an...

  • A worthy tribute to a remarkable man

    A worthy tribute to a remarkable man

    UnbrokenDirector: Angelina JolieStarring: Jack O’Connell, Akamasa Ishihara, Domhnall Gleeson371 mins; Class 15;KRS Releasing Ltd Angelina Jolie’s second film as director, after 2011’s In the Land of Blood and Honey, is an epic, sweeping,...

  • John Le Carré made real

    John Le Carré made real

    CitizenfourDirector: Laura PoitrasStarring: Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, Jacob Appelbaum114 mins; Class TBA;Eden Cinema Release My first instinct on getting home immediately after watching Citizenfour was to change each and every one of the...

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